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The Department of Homeland Security has been in charge of the planning and development of what will be the nation's top animal disease laboratory, but will be transferring the lab to USDA. (Gary Crawford, Sec'y Sonny Perdue, Under Sec'y Greg Ibach and William Bryan with DHS)
Two USDA agencies are teaming up with private landowners and stakeholders in a Farm Bill based pilot program to curb the threat and damages of growing feral swine populations. (Rod Bain and Natural Resources Conservation Service Acting Associate Chief Kevin Norton)
Dale Nolte of USDA-APHIS Wildlife Service explains a 2018 Farm Bill pilot program that focuses on feral swine eradication and control, through partnership between APHIS and the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Land grant university experts told a House Ag subcommittee why farm policy is essential within the realm of the safety net for producers. (Rod Bain. Bradley Lubben of the University of Nebraska. Brandon Willis of Utah State University.)
As spring planting continues at its very slow pace and the growing season gets going in earnest, USDA is involved in a huge weekly undertaking that brings us every Monday a look at planting progress and crop development (Gary Crawford and Lance Honig)
Lance Honig with USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service saying that the weekly crop progress report is as near to real time crop information as you can get. (The "reporters" he refers to are the people across the country who provide crop progress data each week to USDA.)